Monday, March 26, 2012

Thrifty Thoughts- Northern Bean and Rice Salad

This salad is one of our family favorites!
It is SO delicious and filling that sometimes we eat it as the main course with french bread as the side.
I also serve it as a side dish with chicken or fish.
And about three times a week I eat this for lunch (without the rice).
The great part about this salad is it's not only inexpensive to make
 but you can tweek the flavors to suit your family.

1 can of Great Northern Beans
1 Cup of brown rice (this is the measurement before I cooked it.  Boil it with 2 1/2 cups H20)
Handful of cilantro, chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Lime
Olive Oil, couple splashes
1 tsp. Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook your rice.
Drain your can of beans and rinse.
Add them to a bowl.
While your rice is cooking chop up your tomato, onion and cilantro.
Throw them in your bowl and squeeze in the juice from a lime.
Once your rice is cooked add it to your bowl.
Then drizzle with olive oil and give it a good stir.
Sprinkle in your cumin, salt and pepper.
Give it another stir.
And that's it!
You can eat it while it's still warm or put it in the fridge for dinner that night.

I highly recommend getting Bush's brand Great Northern Beans.
They have alot of flavor and are better than the generic.

You can also mix up this salad and leave the rice out.
Travis likes to put the bean mixture on top of his grilled fish.

And again... tweek the recipe to suit your family.
Add more lime, add less onion, add a bit of tobassco sauce.
That's the great part!

What are some of your favorite summer salad recipes?


  1. Oh YUM! I have never thought of making a salad like this! But it looks delish! My hubby is a HUGE rice fan. Like, he'd eat it every meal if he could. I'm totally adding this to my to-make list! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Love the lunch idea with no rice! Definitely trying this.

  3. wow YUM! this looks sooo delish!

  4. Might have to try this! Love your blog :)

  5. Yummy! This looks really good!

  6. Made this tonight...BIG HIT! Hubby is a meat and potatoes kind of guy but he asked for more! I loved the taste I added more lime for a more tangier?? taste! Thanks for the recipe!